The field of candidates interested in becoming the Jackson County School System’s next superintendent includes those from a number of states around the country.
While more than half of the at least 36 applicants applying for the job live in Georgia, candidates living in North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Illinois and Oklahoma have also submitted their resumes, according to Jackson County Board of Education chairperson Lynn Massey-Wheeler.
“It’s a pretty wide spread,” she said on Tuesday.
Applications for the district’s top position had to be postmarked by Friday, March 2. By then, the GSBA had received 36 applications, although more resumes are expected to arrive in the mail this week.
The Jackson County BOE outlined 12 qualifications for those applying for the superintendent’s job — including successful experience as a teacher and a principal, and examples of “visionary and innovative approaches to education.” The BOE prefers that candidates have successful experience as a superintendent, high school principal, other executive level position in education or executive level management experience in the private sector. Other qualifications include a “proven record of sound fiscal management” with knowledge in budgeting and educational finance, and possessing “outstanding leadership skills in curriculum, instruction and personnel management.”